Background It is easy to be pessimistic about the EU and U.S. negotiations of the transatlantic trade and investment partnership. Previous initiatives to improve the regulatory cooperation between the EU and the U.S. went nowhere, and recent U.S. spying allegations did not help to put the negotiations up for a good start. It was in …Read More

Issues and Key Perspectives at the Start of the Negotiations On July 8, 2013, the negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) began in Washington, DC. This marks the start for trade and investment liberalization that could generate considerable benefits for both the U.S. and the EU. Within the European Union, Germany, as …Read More

What does Germany want? Almost four years after the outbreak of the euro crisis, many Europeans still ask themselves this very question. In a recent interview with the German weekly Der Spiegel, Chancellor Angela Merkel seemed to suggest that a further transfer of sovereignty from member states to Brussels is not needed and that the …Read More

In an interview with Spiegel on Monday, Angela Merkel discussed Germany’s role in light of the crisis and the path for future growth and cooperation in Europe. The talk covered pressing issues in the realm of European governance, such as the role of the European Commission, transparency in both Germany and the EU, and the …Read More

The views expressed in this essay are those of the author alone and do not necessarily reflect those of AICGS or any other affiliated organizations. Introduction In mid-June 2013, the EU member states will decide whether they intend to open negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) with the United States. While all …Read More

In this latest installment of the AICGS At Issue Interview Series, AICGS President Jack Janes and Senior Fellow Alexander Privitera sat down with Bruce Stokes, Director of Global Economic Attitudes in the Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project, to discuss the findings of a recent Pew report on attitudes toward the European Project in several European …Read More

On March 26th, the European Commission released its last monitoring report on Croatia, which concludes that the country is ready to join the EU in July 2013. This will, in all likelihood, convince the remaining EU member states to ratify Croatia’s EU accession treaty. What are the outstanding issues in Croatia’s EU accession and what …Read More

In 1989—on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Federal Republic of Germany—President George Herbert Walker Bush asked Germany to be a partner in leadership with the United States. Speaking in Mainz just a half year before the Berlin Wall fell, Bush proclaimed: “The historic genius of the German people has flourished in this …Read More

In this latest installment of the AICGS At Issue Interview Series, AICGS President Jack Janes sat down with Dr. Klaus Scharioth, former German Ambassador to the United States and current Director of the Stiftung Mercator Fellowship on International Affairs, to discuss the need for the proposed Transatlantic Free Trade and Investment Agreement being discussed between …Read More

Simon Green is Professor of Politics and Co-Director of the Aston Centre for Europe at Aston University in the UK. This article first appeared on CNN.com on 23 January 2013 and can be found here. There will be few set-piece events in David Cameron’s political career that will be more eagerly awaited and closely watched …Read More

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